Mini Review: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

Mini Review: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

Hello, lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great week!

I’m switching things up on my blog this week with an extra mini review on Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva. I must start by saying a massive thank you to Lana for sending me a copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.

Lana describes her short but lovely little book in the following words:

‘Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.’


My Thoughts:

I want to start by saying that this definitely is not one of those preachy self-help books. Reading through ‘Happier Thinking’ is like having a conversation with Lana herself. The tone is warm, inviting and honest which is refreshing in a book like this. I don’t read many books like this but I know that this has become more of a favoured approach by authors with the likes of Fern Cotton and Matt Haig writing more relaxed and open self-help style books that are promoting a more active attitude towards positive mental health.


What I loved the most about this short read is that I already know it is something I can go back to time and time again. If I’m struggling or feeling down I can carry it with my bag and easily pick it up and start reading some of Lana’s reassuring words to help me feel better. I am not saying that this book is going to cure depression or anxiety but it might help people to cope with some of the symptoms and even if you don’t struggle with mental health issues, this book still has lots to offer.


You can find out more about Lana and her book here and ‘Happier Thinking’ is available to buy on Amazon now. 

Thanks for reading! Have you read any self-help books like this before that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

T5T: Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

T5T: Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

Hello lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesdays. You might have noticed that I’ve been switching between Top 5 Tuesdays and Top 10 Tuesdays for the past few weeks and this is because they both have some amazing topics and unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to do two posts every week on a Tuesday so I’ll have to stick with alternating!

If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress now currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, where each week you are given a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category.

This week’s topic is the Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh. If you are also participating in Top 5 Tuesdays this week or you have previously done a post on a really funny book then please leave your link in the comments and I will check out your post!

  1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison


I would just like to point out that this list could easily have just been all of the books from this series as they all made me laugh like a loon on loon tablets. Georgia Nicholson and the rest of the Ace Gang are some of my favourite characters ever. I read these books over and over again when I was growing up and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick them up even now.

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


I feel like the only justification I need for having The Rosie Project in this list is the lovable Don Tillman. The end.

  1. The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon


When I first read this book I had no idea that it was a memoir as I just picked it up off my mum’s bookshelf and started reading. It was a hilarious, witty and completely outrageous and led me to become a big fan of Bryony and a frequent listener to her podcast which I’d also recommend listening to (she interviews Prince Harry in one of them!)

  1. Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan


This book was a wild ride from start to finish. Everything from the characters to the plot was just so over the top and perfect. This book would also make a brilliant film *hint* Netflix *hint*.

  1. Starter for 10 by David Nicholls


I vividly remember laughing so hard I cried at parts of this book and then again when I watched the film. It is hilarious, brilliant and completely daft. (For any non-brits who don’t know what I mean by daft, its sort of a lovable way of saying silly or ridiculous).

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favourite books that made you laugh? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read

Hi lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday post!

This meme is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different book related topic each week and this week weeks topic was a back to school freebie so I decided to go with the Top 10 Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read.

I keep saying I want to read more non-fiction so I’m hoping that this post will inspire me to actually start doing just that! Let’s get started…

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge


  1. Natives by Akala


  1. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates


  1. This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay


  1. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham


  1. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig


  1. We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union


  1. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari


  1. The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla


  1. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou


Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite non-fiction reads? Let me know in the comments below!

REVIEW: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray

REVIEW: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray

Hey, lovelies! I hope you’re all having a lovely, lazy Sunday. I thought this would be the perfect day to post this review whilst some of you may be nursing some sore heads and hangovers from last night’s partying!


GoodReads Synopsis

Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there’s ‘no point’ in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 64% of Brits want to drink less.

Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish whirligig of Drink, Make horrible decisions, Hangover, Repeat. She had her fair share of ‘drunk tank’ jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. But this book goes beyond the binges and blackouts to deep-dive into uncharted territory: What happens after you quit drinking? This gripping, heart-breaking and witty book takes us down the rabbit-hole of an alternative reality. A life with zero hangovers, through sober weddings, sex, Christmases and breakups.

In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society’s drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies. Much more than a tale from the netherworld of addicted drinking, this book is about the escape, and why a sober life can be more intoxicating than you ever imagined. Whether you’re a hopelessly devoted drinker, merely sober-curious, or you’ve already ditched the drink, you will love this book.


My Thoughts

I recently decided to give up drinking and I saw this book advertised and thought it would be an interesting read and boy was I right!

I am trying to read more non-fiction, and this book has given me the non-fiction buzz. It was absolutely brilliant. I would definitely recommend it to all drinks and non-drinkers alike!

Grey is such a clever and witty writer. She combines the science and facts behind addiction and the damages of drinking with her own personal journey in becoming sober to create a uniquely compelling and interesting book.

This is not one of those preachy ‘drinking is bad for you’ books. Gray is so understanding and sympathetic in her writing as she has been there. She doesn’t judge anyone who drinks as has seen rock bottom more than her fair share of times and so she is not writing from a place of ‘holier than thou’. She frequently says that she doesn’t judge anyone who drinks because she can almost guarantee that she has done a lot worse than them.

I learned so much from this book that I had absolutely no idea about before and it really reassured me in the decision to stop drinking. For me, stopping drinking was more about just trying to be healthier and the only thing I was worried about was the reactions of the people around me. The Unexpected Joys of Being Sober has really helped me in dealing with that and has allowed me to be proud and confident in my decision.

If you’re even thinking about not drinking or just want to know more about being sober then I’d definitely recommend this book!

Thanks for reading! Are you a fan or non-fiction? Let me know in the comments below!